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A Way Home

By Christina Castling

Directed by Jonluke McKie

Produced by CaroleW Productions and co-commissioned by Gala Durham and Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

‘This house isn’t unfit for habitation. We’re inhabiting it. It’s been habitated for 100 years!’


1951 saw a third of County Durham’s villages classified as ‘D’. They were no longer deemed worthy of investment and were expected to die quietly. But they wouldn’t.


A Way Home is a new play rooted in the stories and memories of the very people who called those D villages home. A County-wide fight lasting over 25 years becomes a 12-month journey at Bet’s kitchen table as she confronts what loss really looks like.

With humour, tenderness and not a small amount of grit, A Way Home speaks of fighting to be heard when no one’s listening, telling a story just as significant today as it was 70 years ago.

‘Heartbreakingly beautiful depiction of this forgotten period of Durham’s history’

‘It was simply amazing‘

‘Excellent performances, excellent play, excellent production‘


For more information about the June 2022 tour, please see the Press Release and the trailer below.

A Way Home
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